Play The Game
Words and music by Freddie Mercury
Transcribed by Shane McDonald
This is a very complete version of Play the Game piano chords and I have included the album and concert intros and endings (something I will be adding to the previous tabs) ; So if you are playing this song live you have options on how you start and end the song.
Album Intro : Strings (almost portomento like), Best way to simulate it is to hit a high C note (best 3 octaves up from Middle C), now while holding the note, move down the scale semi-tone by semi-tone and as soon as you reach the G or F# increase the rate of your decent until you reach the C above middle C - Piano starts instananeous.
Concert Intro #1 : From one of the early 1980's concerts , this piano piece is what Freddie used. It uses the same shape for the 9 chords - basically make a full c chord C E G C and keep the same shape Chords : C Gmaj7/B Am G F G Am Gmaj7/B C G Arpeggio F Arp. G Arp. ...to main intro
Concert Intro #2 : Freddies Intro from the Milton Keynes Concert of 1982. Again, it uses the same shape as above - if you are familiar with the concert you should make sense of this... Chords : Play initial chord of C C Gmaj7/B Am G ; C Gmaj7/B Am G ;
C C G G Ab G Ab G G G [G G G] *Bang lowest notes on Piano and go to start of verse
NOTES : If you see a ; separating chords , this marks a bar of 4/4 , i.e. 4 timed beats C * is chord of C (C E G) but the C wavers between C and the lower B ; Am * is the same in that manner.
C * Bbmaj7 Open up your mind and let me step inside Am * Fm6/Ab Rest your weary head and let your heart decide C Am Dm G C C7 Its so ea-sy, when you know the rules, its so ea-sy F Fm C G7/B C Gm11 All you have to do is fall in love, play the game, everybody play the game Ab Bb ; C C/B ; C7/Bb Am7 Ab ; G Ab ; F Bb of love, oooh yeah. C * Bbmaj7 When you're feeling down and your resistance is low Am * Fm6/Ab Light another cigarette and let yourself go C Am Dm G C C7 This is your life, dont play hard to get, its a free world F Fm C G7/B C Gm11 All you have to do is fall in love, play the game, everbody play the game Ab Bb ; C C/B ; C7/Bb Am7 G C ; Of love , oooh yeah F Bb/F Fmaj7 F C/E Dm7 Gsus4 My game of love has just begun, love runs from my head down to my toes G C/G Em Em/D C Em C D My love is pumping through my veins, driving me insane, come , come, Em7 C6 C7/Bb Gm7 Play the game, play the game, play the game, play the game. Ab5 Bb5 [ C C B C C B C C B C C B ] Bb (Bold Notes enclosed in square brackets indicate Notes played only) [ A A Ab A A Ab A Bb B A ] Ab
Guitar Solo Chords : C Am ; Dm G ; C C7 ; F Fm ; C G7/B Play the game, C Gm11 Ab Bb7 Everbody play the game , of love
C Am7 Dm G7 C C7/Bb This is your life, don't play hard to get, its a free world F Fm C G7/B All you have to do is fall in Love, Play the Game C Gm11 Ab Bb7 Everybody play the Game______ , of love
Album Ending : Repeat Coda 3 times - fade out
Concert Ending : Milton Keynes 1982 Play Coda once sung, play coda again instrumental play once more and End on C Chord - (Hit various C Chords up and down the octaves before final C Chord)